I Promised Signal · DEDPXL


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Hello and greetings and salutations everyone!

When I launched this site last year I promised it would be a place with more signal and less noise. That’s all fine and well until my head got into a space that was all noise and little to no signal.

2015 is a year that needs to hurry up and come to an end. I know that sounds fatalistic and over dramatic but it gets the point across fairly well. I’m not going to filet myself open at the moment but suffice it to say it’s been a year of living in some dark clouds. I feel though, the clouds are lifting. I’m filtering out the noise and I’m finding signal again. It’s faint but it’s there. I’m down but I’m not gone.

Since my last post some time ago a lot has happened. Many good things really. I took over a new studio space and have been busy getting it set up like I want it. I loved my last little studio but it was time for some windows and space to put a cyc wall in. I hope to have that finished up in a month or so.

We finally finished the Art of the Editorial video and we will be launching it with the upcoming 5 Day Deal. More info coming on that. The image above is from that new video.

Work has been going well and the lights are on and the kids are fed so that’s all good.

I’ve got a few posts coming up and then I’ll be back in action in the next month. I’ve got a three big projects I need to finish and then I’m taking the rest of the year off to write, camp, and get this shit flying again!

I hope you all are well! Sorry for dropping off the radar suddenly. I had to though to keep my sanity. Thank you for your understanding.

More to come!



Zack Arias

A full time commercial and editorial photographer, Zack shoots everything from bands to CEOs to ad campaigns. A gifted teacher and communicator, he has an uncanny ability to meet and connect with all types of people.

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  1. Loiare

    Welcome back good sir!

  2. Ted

    Dude, the world’s a better place when you’re blogging.

  3. Dave Robbins

    I am glad you have made it through the dark times. I enjoy your signal.

  4. Gary Clutterbuck

    Signal coming through loud and clear! Good to have you back! 🙂

  5. Jeremy solesbee

    Good to have you back, we can only re-read your blog posts so many times. 🙂

  6. Richard Wintle

    Great to see this post, and sorry to hear about those dark clouds. You’ve been posting some intriguing things on Instagram. Looking forward to reading what you have to write – when you finally get time!

  7. DLuker

    Sounds like we’re having a very similar ’15. I actually didn’t touch my Fuji’s for four months & didn’t bother downloading anything for eight months. Slowly coming back, but those were some dark days.

    A little advice: don’t bite off more than you can chew. You get overwhelmed, then disappointed, which feeds those nasty bad brain chemicals. But I bet you already know that.

    Nice to be seeing more of you, but please take care of YOU first.

  8. James

    No rush Zack as I have no doubt that you will be filching more money out of my back pocket with the next vid!

  9. Fury

    Thanks for the heads up…. good to have you back! 🙂

  10. Carrie

    Hang in there! So glad to hear that you are at least doing a bit better! I loved seeing your HGTV posts! I puffy heart Joanna and Chip. Hope they were as wonderful in person as they are on their show 🙂

  11. Murray Sullivan

    Heh Zack
    We definitely missed you.
    You are a little irreverant and brutally honest. My kind of guy.
    On top of that you are a great photographer.


  12. Manuel Pompeia

    Hey Zack,

    Good to hear from you once again – the clouds always end-up lifting.

    Looking forward to get the signal across.


  13. jason

    I’m sure I speak for a few of us … we were worried, man! Glad to hear the fog is lifting and I look forward to more learning through DEDPXL. First and foremost, be well. We’ll be here when you get back.

  14. Doug T

    Glad to hear from you Zack. I’m fairly new to dedpxl.com so your absence is giving me time to absorb your awesome info and wit. Carry on, and I’ll wait for more knowledge, wit and wisdom whenever you want to give it. BTW, I just got your book today in the mail. More good stuff to learn!!!


  15. Jaakko

    I’ll hope you’re feeling better. I know it can be hectic.

  16. Konrad Sarnowski

    Good to hear from you, Zack 😉 Take your time, so your signal would be as high quality as before or better 😉

  17. Tim

    Great to hear you made it through those dark clouds. Hoping you get stronger and stronger as you dare to venture out again – I’m very glad you’re almost good to come out and play again – you were missed 🙂

  18. Ellen

    Your voice and your presence have been deeply missed and it’s good to hear that the dark clouds are lifting. Perhaps you can find comfort and peace in knowing that the dark night of the soul often ushers in a deeper and more profound sense of meaning and connectedness. Cheers to the clouds lifting and the signal getting stronger.

  19. Daf

    Both yourself and Chase Jarvis have been below the radar – missed you both.

  20. John

    Didn’t know how much I missed you till you checked back in. Looking forward to the new video.

  21. Deji

    Hope things continue to get better, the weight gets lifted and laughter comes easier for you all! Love & blessings to you & the family.

  22. Jeffery Kordsmeier

    You have been missed and you are very appreciated! I am grateful that you take the time to share your experiences and opinions. I love that you tell it like it is, good or bad. I hope that you have a fantastic 4th quarter of 2015.

  23. Bob

    Welcome back, you have been missed!

  24. Paul

    Great to see you are back Zack. Damn dark clouds follow us all these days. Take care.

  25. Outis

    We love you, Zack!

  26. David Taranza

    Welcome back, sir! We missed you… Glad to hear you’re doing fine again.

  27. Christopher

    Know that you are an inspiration to many. I deeply respect your work and the content you create, your honesty is one of the many reasons for that. It gave me the courage to be honest to the people around me when I found myself facing dark clouds of my own.
    I look forward to seeing your new video. Meanwhile I got your book to read again.
    Thank you Zack for you dedication.

  28. Yvens B.

    From everyone; we prefer you signaling than noising.

    Take care of yourself!


  29. Scott

    Looking forward to seeing what you call taking the rest of the year off. Great to see you back soon.

  30. Ansell Tan

    Glad to know all is well Zack. Jumped ahead to get the 5daydeal for your videos. We miss you! 🙂

  31. simon

    While I understand the hardship can sometimes consume alot of energy, we all really missed DEDPXL.

    I’m just disappointed that your collaborator didn’t contribute us bread crums while you were working out your stuff.

    Looking forward to the “rebirth” of this blog!

  32. Marc

    Always happy to see you coming back with some signal!


  33. Jim

    Cheers to you, Zack! Just bought “Art of the Editorial”. Hope that helps!

  34. William

    You were missed but it’s good to have you back mate.

  35. Jim Donahue

    So long as your healthy and keeping your head above water but stay in touch a little better

  36. Niels

    We missed you Zack. Good to see you’re back again!

  37. Moritz

    Great to have u back! Go Zack

  38. Vic

    Welcome back! I’ve been stalking the site daily for months from my phone,tablet,and editing machine. “The Art of The Editorial ” is downloading as I type this. I am excited for this video. Editorial is where my heart is. Thanks for everything man!

  39. Chris

    Good to have you back.

  40. Fred

    Great to have you back! The Art of the Editorial looks awesome… can’t wait to watch!

  41. Davide

    Welcome back Zack! 😀
    I just bought the Art of the Editorial!
    Thanks for all the good signal you sending out

  42. Michael Matthews

    Great to see you active again on the blog. And thanks for the price break on Art of the Editorial.

  43. Jerry

    What we experience is who we are today. So when your experiences bring you to a higher signal level, I sure we will all be ready to experience what you have to share.

  44. Quentin

    Happy to read some of your news. Tell if you need our help to blow on the dark clouds to make them pass quicker. Courage, see you back on tracks soon. Take care!!!

  45. Connor

    There you are! And here I thought Fuji had smuggled you off to their super secret island to test the X-Pro 2/X-T2/MF cameras…or did that happen as well? 😉

    Glad to see that you’re back and things are looking bright in Zacklanta. 😀


  46. Becks

    Glad to see you back. Just so you know, your ‘crop vs full frame’ video made me laugh out loud to myself the other day. You’re awesome – don’t ever let life tell you otherwise!

  47. Sean Day

    Hi Zack,

    Working for the pay check Always creates noise for me,but the moments at the weekend when i get out and enter the world i try and put into pictures is worth all the crap in the week! Keep your chin up and make more fantastic images.


  48. Martin

    Take your time Zack, your earn it dude!

  49. Doug

    No worries. Your Sanity is important. More important then this stuff. Your family and marriage is important as well. I love your honesty it’s great. Thank you.

  50. jt

    Glad (belatedly) to hear you’re alive and well Zack – TBH i’d given up on checking frequently.

  51. Mike

    Yep, that’s 2015 for ya. Sounds like we’re in a parallel universe. : )

  52. Kylie Knight

    Great to hear your back Zack and doing well. We all get those dark clouds we just have to wait out the storms 🙂 Glad you have and can’t wait to read your next blog post 😀


  53. James

    [Tap, tap, tap] Is this thing on? Hello?

  54. Gabe Sturdevant

    Thank god your gonna be back. I dropped out of photography for a while, found Dedpxl and am headed back into it. We need your voice Zack.

  55. Chris

    Where’s your review of the new 90mm f2?

  56. Martin

    Clouds are never too dark to be unbreakable…
    Let the sun shine on on you.
    Welcome back!
    Have a good light.

  57. Jayce Van Der Linden

    Zack, where have you been! I miss your posts on here. I hope all is well with the family and the photography. God Bless

  58. Caleb

    Glad you’re back, man!
    Was in your area recently and considered stopping by and giving you a holler. You don’t know me. I just really appreciate what you do and wanted to thank you personally and offer encouragement.

  59. JAY and ANA

    Please continue to share your VERY inspirational work! Cheers from the Philippines Zack! – Jay and Ana

  60. Kalle Pernu

    Your blogs gives me hope. Havent touched my camera in 6 months, working in a shitty job and waiting that inspiration to hit me to start shooting again. But after reading your blogs, i guess i need to go find it myself. Thank you sir!